A Hawk Flew Into My Window

So there I was, sitting in my favorite living room chair, drinking coffee, buried under my cat who was on top of me watching the birds through the window. As is typical, the crows were being raucous and making lots of noise. Suddenly my cat jumped and just as she did, a hawk flew full-speed into the living room window. It bounced off the window, bounced off the ivy, and landed on my stoop.

I freaked out. I was really scared that the hawk was injured. And I was sad. The crows had been chasing it, I guess. It just laid on my stoop and didn’t move. So I opened the door and stepped onto the stoop to see if it was okay. I squatted down and talked to it very gently. It opened its eyes and looked up at me. I think it remembered me.

A couple weeks ago, it was in the tree outside my window eating something it had caught. My cat was mesmerized. I took pics (not great pics, but pics nevertheless) and watched it for the longest time. And then I went outside and talked to it. It looked at me, acknowledged that I was talking to it, and went back to eating. We had a great conversation.

So when it opened its eyes and looked at me, I felt a little better. At least it wasn’t dead. But had it broken a wing? Would it be okay? I reached out to grab it (I know it could have bitten me but I was more worried about the bird than myself at that moment) and, as I did, it flew away. The good news is that it was okay. I watched it fly and it seems utterly uninjured. I’m guessing it was just stunned.

But I was sad. I felt like crying. Why were the crows chasing it? Why did it fly into the window?

Being the good Scorpio that I am, I decided to do a bit of research. My question: What is the spiritual meaning of a hawk flying into my window?

There are lots of theories about what it means, depending on spiritual beliefs. But the common thread that ran through everything I read is that if a hawk flies into the window, it means that a message or clear vision is about to arrive and I need to pay attention because it is likely very important. The other common theme is that it could be a message from a loved one who has passed.

My mother died in June. There’s a hummingbird that visits sometimes and I’m sure that’s my mom. But it’s possible that the hawk was her attempt to catch my attention and snap me into reality because a hawk flying into a window can also signify money worries. And I definitely have those.

“Exposed” card from MJ Cullinane’s Urban Crow Oracle

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and a friend had posted a video of her describing some cards from her new Urban Crow Oracle, one of which was Exposed. It’s an image of a lone crow sitting on the ground with a hawk swooping in. A weird synchronicity. Clearly, I was getting some kind of message. So I did more research on the spiritual meaning of hawks.

The indigenous peoples of North and Central America believe hawks are both guardians and messengers from our ancestors, deities, and/or benevolent guides. As the gatekeepers of the East, they represent honesty and clear vision. Christianity sees hawks as messengers from God. The Celts saw hawks as representing clear vision. As I did more research, I discovered that a hawk hitting the window represents a need to check in with oneself and so some self-evaluation. Am I living a life in which my daily actions are aligned with my deeper core values and beliefs?

Kind of. I know what life I want to live but I’m not there yet.

I also read that having a hawk in my yard symbolizes deep healing in my Root Chakra, which is the energy center of safety, security, and feeling grounded in my life. It’s a sign of longevity and a sense of contentment and peace in my life. So I take this as a good sign that things aren’t as bad as I sometimes believe them to be. No more catastrophizing. I just need to focus, have clear vision, and continue to take inspired action toward my vision.

Published by Lisa R. Barry, Ph.D.

Life Story Coach, Shamanic Life Coach, Reiki Master, WomanSpeak Circle Leader, Tarot & Oracle Reader, Wisdom of the Serpent Oracle & Guidebook Creator, Witch, Chakra Healer, Crystal Junkie, Author, Scholar, Former College Professor (25yrs), Speaker, Crazy Cat Lady, Hippie Liberal Feminist

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